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ALERT: Escaped Prisoner on SR54 in Lutz/Wesley Chapel Area


Escapee Photo
Escapee Photo

Tuesday 11:30 AM: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office officials said Tuesday morning they believe an escaped inmate is no longer in the county.

Tuesday 4:00 AM: According to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Adams has still not been caught. Adams has relatives in Titusville, and deputies are expanding the search area, Nocco said. Deputies will search throughout the night and morning, Nocco said. He said a deputy will be stationed at all local elementary schools.“We are hunting him,” Nocco said. “Everything is on the table right now. We are going to be absolutely aggressive. We’re going to bring the heat. It’s pretty intense right now.”He said it’s surprising “someone with just six years (would) run. There must have been some reason for it, but I can tell you right now we are hunting him down. This is an active manhunt.” The sheriff’s office suspects Adams got into a car, though he could still be on foot. “If you help him,” Nocco said, “If you drive him somewhere, we will arrest you, too.”

Monday 9:15 PM: Escapee location still unknown. Believed to still be in the area of Lutz/Land O Lakes/Wesley Chapel. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco says Adams is considered dangerous, so it’s important for all citizens to keep their doors and windows locked tonight.

Monday 8:40 PM: Adams is 5’10” tall, he weighs 164 lbs and has brown eyes and blonde or strawberry blonde hair. Adams has tattoos on his arms, legs, chest, stomach and back. Deputies believe Adams may have had help escaping and make it clear that anyone who is helping him will be arrested.

Monday 8:30 PM: Sheriff Chris Nocco gives a live update on scene. Escapee is still on the loose. Residents are encouraged to be on the lookout and call 911 if you see anyone matching this description. Adams was doing work as part of a DOC work camp when he escaped around 4:15 p.m. He is not under the supervision of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office but instead the State Prison System. There was a 20-40 minute delay before state DOC officials notified the Sheriff of the inmates escape.

He was serving time for grand theft and burglary for crimes committed in Brevard County.

Monday 7:40 PM: Escapee has still not been found. Helicopters searching the area as well as police on ATV’s according to residents in the area.

Monday 7:29 PM: Deputies and DOC Officer’s have numerous assets on scene, however according to Pasco County Emergency Communications the escaped prisoner is still on the loose. Residents in the area are advised to keep doors locked, and be on the lookout.

Monday 6:28 PM: According to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, there has been a prisoner escape on State Road 54 and Oak Grove Blvd, just west of I75.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a prisoner who escaped a State Prison work detail in the area of State Road 54 and Oak Grove Boulevard in Lutz. The inmate is currently sentenced to several years in prison for burglary, and theft. According to the Sheriff’s Office, “Inmate may have a lengthy head start as we were not notified immediately after his escape so all Pasco residents in the area should be on the lookout for him.”

The suspect escaped from Florida Department of Corrections Officers who were supervising him.

The suspect, Jason Adams, a white male wearing a blue prison uniform with white stripes, is part of a Sumter County work camp. If anyone locates this person, please call 911.

DC Number:  E42749
Race:  WHITE
Sex:  MALE
Eye Color:  BROWN
Height:  5’10”
Weight:  164 lbs.
Birth Date:  03/28/1987
Initial Receipt Date:  08/22/2013
Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
12/21/2012 BURG/OCCUP. 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1348603 6Y 6M 0D
12/21/2012 GRAND THEFT 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1348603 5Y 0M 0D
01/06/2013 BURG/OCCUP. 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1355658 6Y 6M 0D
01/06/2013 GRAND THEFT 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1355658 5Y 0M 0D
02/13/2013 BURG 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1357005 5Y 0M 0D
02/13/2013 GRAND THEFT 08/19/2013 BREVARD 1357005 5Y 0M 0D


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